The Essence of Greatness (Talk on Cd) *
Author: Hank Smith
How can we go from being just good to being great? In his latest talk, author and speaker Hank Smith answers this question. He quotes Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, who said, "Kindness is the essence of greatness...Who can tell that far-reaching impact we can have if we are only kind?" With his engaging stories, trademark humor, and illuminating quotes from the Brethren, Hank Smith teaches how simple kindness can change who we are and how we bless those around us. He says, "If you are building others, you are building the kingdom of God. It's as quick as turning to the person next to you and giving them a genuine compliment."
Hank asks why it is that we are kind to our friends and even to strangers but are often unkind to our own family members. Encouraging us to be kind to ourselves, he quotes President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who said, "[You must] learn to see yourself as [your] Heavenly Father see you—as his precious daughter or son with divine potential" and, "You are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others. Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself." Hank says that kindness is a key to happiness and will take us from goodness to greatness.
Hank Smith teaches in the Religious Education Department at BYU and is a favorite speaker for Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Education Week. Hank and his wife, Sara, were both born and raised in St. George, Utah. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons. Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots and lots of ice cream (which is why he runs marathons). More than anything else, he loves being at home spending all day with his wife and children.